Crowdfunding a new studio CD: “Drop the Bone”

June 27th, 2017

Drop the Bone is a phrase spoken often by my late business manager and spiritual advisor, Carolyn “Goldie” Rush – to whom this record is dedicated. It was great advice: “Stop gnawing on your troubles all the time. Get your shit together and get on with it.”

I met Goldie in the late ‘70s, when she was a partner in a management business called Organizational Common Sense. Bob Weir was one of her clients, and Jon McIntire was one of her closest friends as well as the manager of the Bob Weir Band at the time. We became friends over the course of a few years.

When a series of accidents led me to incorporate (as Truth and Fun, Inc.) in order to enter a contract with Grateful Dead Productions to produce and distribute the Grateful Dead Hour, GDP required that I hire Goldie to manage the business (ands keep an eye on me for them). I was happy to oblige, and Goldie ran my business until her death in the spring of 2005.

Dealing with the Grateful Dead wasn’t always easy nor pleasant, and Goldie talked me down from a number of rages and/or depressions over the course of our collaboration. I have always referred to her as “my business manager and spiritual advisor.” She protected my business and my heart, and I still think about her every day.

Our mutual friend Vi©kisa made a painting titled Goldie says Drop the Bone (see above), which I bought from her with the idea of eventually using it to illustrate a song called “Drop the Bone.”

A few years ago I suggested to Peter Rowan – who also was a good friend of Goldie’s – that we write “Drop the Bone” together. I’ve been a huge fan of his songwriting for decades, and I figured his spirituality and our shared love of our late friend would lead to a satisfying result. We worked on it in a hotel room in Ohio, and we had a couple more sessions at Pete’s house, and then our separate travels prevented more in-person collaboration.

Some time later, I got a message from Peter’s manager asking for my publishing info. Peter had finished “Drop the Bone” and had recorded it and was planning to release it on an album titled The Old School. Compass Records even made a video for it!

This version of the song was not at all what I had in mind –

I’m wanderin’ around all day long
I’m a little stray dog honey when you’re gone
And every evenin’ when you come home
You throw your little puppy dog a bone

– but I like it just fine and I am honored to have a collaboration with Peter Rowan on my resume (along with two songs co-written with Robert Hunter).

I still haven’t managed to write a song that does justice to Goldie’s profound advice, but I worked the phrase “Drop the Bone” into another song – “Summer By the Bay” – which is on this new record I’m working on.

Now, to the work in progress: Drop the Bone is a studio record that covers the various corners of my weird musical universe: acoustic, electric; solo, trio, full-band; originals and interpretations.

These are the songs I have already started work on. I’ve got a few more songs under consideration; budgeting issues may help determine what gets recorded.

Summer By the Bay, River and Drown, Life Is a Jam – full electric band
Be Like Earl – acoustic quartet
Your Movie – acoustic, with trombone
Norwegian Wood (Lennon-McCartney) – “solo electric” with looping
Rainbow Fox-> Box of Rain (Hunter-Lesh) – “solo electric” with looping, beginning with an improvised piece.
Pancho and Lefty (Townes Van Zandt) – acoustic trio

And these are the great players I’ve been working with:

Jeff Hobbs – violin, cello, trumpet, saxophones
Robin Sylvester, Joe Kyle, Jr., Dave Jess, and Allegra Thompson – bass
Jordan Feinstein and J Raoul Brody – keyboards
Neil Hampton and John Hanes – drums
Greg Stephens – trombone
Eric Thompson – mandolin
Suzy Thompson – fiddle

As with my last couple of records, I have the great privilege and pleasure of working with two amazing engineers who are also good friends: Jeremy Goody at Megasonic Sound and Jim LeBrecht of Berkeley Sound Artists.

I’m looking for the funds to finish the record and get it mastered, packaged, pressed, and promoted. Here is a link to the Indiegogo campaign page. Thank you for your support!

Tour dates June 29-July 5

June 27th, 2017

MORE INFO and more tour dates at dgans.com/gigs.html

  • Thursday, June 29: Joe’s on Weed Street, 940 W Weed Street, Chicago
  • Saturday, July 1, 7pm: DG plays live and hosts the Dead & Company webcast at the Mousetrap, 5565 N Keystone Ave, Indianapolis
  • Sunday, July 2: House concert in Hopwood PA. Email me for info/reservation.
  • Monday, July 3: House concert in Blacklick OH. Email me for info/reservation.
  • Tuesday, July 4: Trashgrass Tuesday w/ DG and members of the Rumpke Mountain Boys at Stanley’s Pub, Cincinnati OH
  • Wednesday, July 5: DG, theSHIFT, and Scarlet & Grateful at Notes, 520 S High Street, Columbus OH
  • Grateful Dead Hour no. 1501

    June 25th, 2017

    Week of June 26, 2017

    Part 1 36:27
    Grateful Dead 8/3/69 Family Dog on the Great Highway, San Francisco
    DARK STAR
    Interview: Corry Arnold of Lost Live Dead

    Part 2 18:49
    Doc & Merle Watson, Never the Same Way Once
    GOIN’ DOWN THE ROAD FEELIN’ BAD
    Dead and Company 6/18/17 Fenway Park, Boston
    DARK STAR->
    RIPPLE

    A two-“Dark Star” show – my kind of GD radio!

    The Corry Arnold interview was recorded during the annual KPFA Grateful Dead fund-raising marathon on March 11. The voices of Tim Lynch and Joe Burke are heard briefly during the conversation. Lost Live Dead is a seriously deep dive into the history of the Grateful Dead and related musical enterprises – well worth a regular visit.

    The 6/18 Dead and Company show is available for download in a variety of formats. All the other shows from the current tour are also available at livedead.co

    The Grateful Dead Hour is made possible in part this week by:

    Terrapin Stationers, announcing The Jerry Garcia Limited Edition Coloring Book, Collection One.  Several of Jerry’s beloved works have been adapted for this project, which also includes two pages of color-in postcards. The Jerry Garcia Limited Edition Coloring Book is available from terrapinstationers.com

    The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York, presenting a double dose of the Grateful Dead’s music at The Cap on Sunday, July 30. Midnight North featuring Grahame Lesh and Westchester’s Stella Blue’s Band will take the stage for a real good time. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1500

    June 18th, 2017

    Week of June 19, 2017

    Part 1 24:43
    Dead & Company 6/10/176 Folsom Field, Boulder CO
    HELP ON THE WAY->
    SLIPKNOT!->
    FRANKLIN’S TOWER

    Part 2 30:34
    Grateful Dead 8/3/69 Family Dog on the Great Highway, San Francisco
    HARD TO HANDLE
    BEAT IT ON DOWN THE LINE
    HI-HEEL SNEAKERS
    HIGH TIME
    MAMA TRIED

    8/3/69 is a VERY interesting show! There’s a saxophone player and a violin player, never identified on the tape, adding great stuff on the songs and jams. This recording will continue in next week’s show, and we’ll talk with historian Corry Arnold about who those guests might be – and who they definitely aren’t.

    BTW I’m pretty sure it’s David Nelson playing the guitar solo in “Mama Tried.” Sounds much more like him than Jerry.

    Dead & Company live shows are available from livedead.co, and of course tickets for the tour (which continues through July 1) are available from deadandcompany.com

    The Grateful Dead Hour is made possible in part this week by:

    Terrapin Stationers, announcing The Jerry Garcia Limited Edition Coloring Book, Collection One. Several of Jerry’s beloved works have been adapted for this project, which also includes two pages of color-in postcards. The Jerry Garcia Limited Edition Coloring Book is available from terrapinstationers.com

    Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast through July 1. Complete details and ticketing at deadandcompany.com..

    Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Wednesday, June 28, musicians of all playing ability and performance experience are invited to “Play Dead,” at Grateful Dead open mic night. Members of Stella Blue’s Band will perform as your backing band. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1499

    June 11th, 2017

    Week of June 12, 2017

    Part 1 21:59
    Dead & Company 6/1/17 Hollywood Bowl
    MORNING DEW
    Jenna Mammina and Rolf Sturm, Begin to Dance (Water Street Music)
    CRAZY FINGERS
    Doc & Merle Watson, Never the Same Way Once (Owsley Stanley Foundation)
    DEEP ELEM BLUES (5/1/74)

    Part 2 33:17
    Grateful Dead 12/30/86 Henry J Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland CA
    STELLA BLUE
    THROWING STONES
    NOT FADE AWAY
    ~
    JOHNNY B GOODE

    Dead & Company shows are available for download in a variety of formats from livedead.co – and of course, Dead & Company are on tour until July 1. Tickets are still available!

    The Grateful Dead Hour is made possible in part this week by:

    Terrapin Stationers, announcing the Jerry Garcia Limited Edition Coloring Book, Collection One.  Several of Jerry’s beloved works have been adapted for this project, which also includes two pages of color-in postcards. The Jerry Garcia Limited Edition Coloring Book is available from terrapinstationers.com


    Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. The music of Bob Dylan will be featured at DeadCenter on Wednesday, June 21, when the Hambones perform a retrospective of Dylan’s music. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1498

    June 4th, 2017

    Week of June 5, 2017

    Part 1 31:45
    Grateful Dead, Long Strange Trip soundtrack
    ALTHEA (5/16/80)
    Talk
    Grateful Dead 12/30/86 Henry J Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland CA
    ESTIMATED PROPHET->
    EYES OF THE WORLD->
    DRUMS

    Part 2 24:24
    Grateful Dead 12/30/86 Henry J Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland CA
    DRUMS->
    SPACE->
    IKO IKO->
    MAN SMART (WOMAN SMARTER)

    Hamza El-Din and Jose Laurenzo join the band during “drums,” and several members of the Neville Bros. are on board for the jam, “Iko Iko” and “Man Smart (Woman Smarter).”

    Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

    Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast through July 1. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour through July 1.

    Garcia’s at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Saturday, June 17, Stella Blue’s Band continues the Grateful Dead live experience at Garcia’s Deadcenter, a weekly Grateful Dead night with a nod to the legendary Wetlands Preserve. The good times roll every Wednesday at Garcia’s! Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1497

    May 28th, 2017

    Week of May 29, 2017

    Part 1 27:09
    Grateful Dead, Cornell ’77
    DANCING IN THE STREETS
    Leslie Mendelson, Love and Murder
    BLUE BAYOU (with Bob Weir)
    Grateful Dead, Dave’s Picks 2017 Bonus Disc (12/6/71)
    JACK STRAW

    Part 2 28:39
    Grateful Dead 12/30/86 Henry J Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland CA
    CHINA CAT SUNFLOWER->
    I KNOW YOU RIDER
    SAINT OF CIRCUMSTANCE
    SHIP OF FOOLS

    Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Sunday, July 30, Midnight North featuring Grahame Lesh and Garcia’s at The Cap regulars Stella Blues Band will join for a co-bill on The Capitol Theatre stage. This will be a good ol’ fashioned Grateful Dead dance party. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1496

    May 23rd, 2017

    Week of May 22, 2017

    Part 1 20:04
    Grateful Dead 12/30/86 Henry J Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland CA
    BEAT IT ON DOWN THE LINE->
    GREATEST STORY EVER TOLD
    DON’T EASE ME IN->
    THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED

    Part 2 35:19
    Grateful Dead, Get Shown the Light (5/5/77)
    SUGAREE
    Grateful Dead, Europe ’72: The Complete Recordings (4/29/72)
    GOOD LOVIN’

    Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

    Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast May 27 through July 1. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour from May 27 through July 1.

    The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Saturday, June 3, The Chase Brothers Present Jazz is PHISH and The James Brown Dance Party featuring Fred Wesley of James Brown Band and the JBs, Eric “Benny” Bloom of Lettuce, Kofi Burbridge of Tedeschi Trucks Band, and more. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1495

    May 14th, 2017

    Week of May 15, 2017

    Part 1 16:08
    Dead and Company 7/15/16 Fenway Park, Boston MA
    JACK STRAW

    Part 2 39:08
    Grateful Dead 12/30/86 Henry J Kaiser Convention Center, Oakland CA
    HELL IN A BUCKET
    ALTHEA
    CC RIDER
    CUMBERLAND BLUES
    MY BROTHER ESAU
    WHEN PUSH COMES TO SHOVE

    Dead and Company are on tour this summer! Tickets at deadandcompany.com.

    Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. You can spend Memorial Day weekend at The Capitol Theatre with Phil Lesh & Friends on May 26 and 27. The Cap is traveling down the golden road to unlimited devotion and there’s no signs of slowing down. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1494

    May 7th, 2017

    Week of May 8, 2017

    Part 1 14:40
    Grateful Dead, Cornell 77 (Rhino)
    NOT FADE AWAY
    Mutilaudio by David Gans
    BRICKSHAKE 7

    Part 2 40:34
    Grateful Dead 3/16/92 Spectrum, Philadelphia
    SPACE->
    ALL ALONG THE WATCHTOWER->
    MORNING DEW
    ~
    JOHNNY B GOODE

    Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

    Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast May 27 through July 1. Complete details and ticketing at www.deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour from May 27 through July 1.

    The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Dark Star Orchestra celebrates their 20th anniversary at The Cap on May 19 + 20. The following weekend, Phil Lesh & Friends return to wave that flag on Memorial Day weekend, May 26 + 27. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    “I Heard”

    May 5th, 2017

    A “poem” made of comments in a 1994 conversation about GD rumors.

    I heard

    To commemorate Jerry’s return, I heard the Dead were going to do
    Obsequious Cheezlog. When I heard that, it reminded me of the old
    I heard they soundchecked “attics” on Sunday. We’re still waiting 
yesterday I heard that they have been rehearsing Unbroken Chain recently. 
I heard them soundcheck “Tennessee Jed” once. I was unclear on the
    I dunno, I heard there was no soundcheck tonight, or last night.
    Not that I heard.
    I heard a rumor that Donna is going to sing with the boys on this one …. 
I heard from a very reliable source last night that the Rose Bowl is not
    I heard on the radio this morning that it was Garcia who started the Michael 
late Feb for Mardi Gras was a story i heard. can’t recall the actual
    I heard a rumor from a very reliable source that Jerry will play at the 
I heard that Jerry is going to play with Santana and Steve Miller and
    I heard rumors from 2 people that Pete Townshend will show up in either 
I heard from a friend that he heard on the radio that Sting would be at
    I thought I heard rumors of Van Morrison opening Rose Bowl and/ or Eugene. 
I heard that there was going to be a big reunion concert at Shoreline.
    I heard that Jerry played briefly in some nightclub in Marin last night. 
I heard that Jerry is in Hawaii with his high school sweetheart.
    I heard Jerry is on the night dive in Kona tonight.
    I heard last night that Jerry’s lost 20 pounds.

    I heard a rumor that Jerry was seen coming out of a Jack-in-the-Box with 
I heard an extremely ugly rumor tonight, and while part of me probably
    what I heard. And while I would NEVER want to see anything happen to Jerry 
I heard that the Feb 28 show will feature past members of the dead.
    I heard today that Denver is not looking as good as it did two weeks ago 
(I heard it’s his sinuses again) (but don’t quote me on that – just a rumor)
    I heard that Donna, TC and Bruce will be making guest appearance with the 
BTW, I heard that the EconoLodge is only accepting payment by
    And speaking of rumors… I heard that after Chinese New Years there will be 
I heard the no more priority line thing, too. Maybe they ought to just go 
about that day being the last priority line. I heard it first hand. Now,
    body requires. The last I heard about gangrene and losing limbs was the 
case as well. The person I heard about it from was upset that not
    I heard some interesting info this morning with regard to the Dead playing 
Well the rumors I heard about the reported breakins are that Jerry
    I heard that one, too. Ernie told me. He didn’t say the date, but it must 
This one sounds a little too good to be true, but I heard it this weekend 
I heard that too.
    I heard, in line for the upcoming UJB show at the USAir Arena, that the Dead 
worked out and played against what, if I heard the words right, is an 
Unfortunately, the only real places I heard him were during the pre-other
    I heard exactly what Jeff posted.
    I forgot two things in my last post: I, too, could have sworn I heard
    went bankrupt and owed everybody money. Latest I heard from my friends in
    there trom what I heard, no?
    I heard differently on the gaps yesterday from a local buddy of 
I heard from one gen off of one of the principals:
    Well, M______, I heard from another source who works with the
    Well, I heard from a friend here at work who should know
    , they are working on a new studio album, but I heard that they were working 
I heard the shows may be moved to the fall.
    I heard the shows may not happen at all.
    I heard.
    5 San Jose is what I heard too. 
I heard Sunday at 10 AM.
    I heard it on DCI0l today – they said they’d heard it from WNEW who had 
I heard from a reliable source that NYE 1999 will happen.
    I heard that it is NOT going to happen! This is from a higher authority. 
I heard a little more to that story but I’m waiting for a confirmation.
    I heard that Donna will be joining the band for a brief set of
    I heard they were thinking of inviting MAdonna to do a few songs 
contracts have been signed. I heard from someone else a similar rumor 
I heard from Elvis that Roanoke would fit perfectly between Nassau and 
I heard otherwise.
    I heard Tom Jones myself.
    I had to crack up when I heard about the RFK “Throwing Stones”
    I heard third-hand that it was a success. He went without talking a few 
way I heard it was phrased a little stronger, but that is hearsay at the
    or that…why they played THAT when I heard it only 3 shows before …
    1 heard that they are working on bringing out the
    When is Eugene??? 1 need that one. 1 heard there is a Red Lion there. Hot 
Not quite the West coast, but 1 heard that the Dead will be playing
    (1 really doubt this will happen but that’s what 1 heard)
    1 heard it’s gonna be after July this year.
    unsubstantiated .. the guy 1 heard it from has NEVER fed me wrong info

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1493

    April 30th, 2017

    Week of May 1, 2017

    Part 1 24:32
    Dead and Company 7/15/16 Fenway Park, Boston MA
    DARK STAR
    Robert Hunter, Tiger Rose (Round Records)
    LAST FLASH OF ROCK’N’ROLL

    Part 2 30:15
    Grateful Dead 3/16/92 Spectrum, Philadelphia
    ESTIMATED PROPHET->
    DRUMS

    Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

    Cornell University Press, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the legendary 1977 Grateful Dead concert at Barton Hall with their new book Cornell ’77 by Peter Conners. Featuring never-before-seen photographs of the Dead and a song-by-song analysis of their performance, Cornell ’77 is available in bookstores everywhere and from dead.net.

    The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. On Monday, May 8, Rhino Entertainment and The Capitol Theatre Present: 5-8-77 Revisited – A Grateful Dead Dance Party – a “Dose of the Dead” if you will. They will be playing the just-released “official” recording. Imagine what it will sound like through The Cap’s state-of-the art sound system! Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1492

    April 23rd, 2017

    Week of April 24, 2017

    Part 1 21:42
    Joe Russo’s Almost Dead 3/9/17 Brooklyn Bowl
    THE MUSIC NEVER STOPPED
    Grateful Dead, American Beauty (Rhino)
    FRIEND OF THE DEVIL

    Part 2 33:35
    Grateful Dead 3/16/92 Spectrum, Philadelphia
    CORRINA->
    SCARLET BEGONIAS->
    FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN

    Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from:

    Dead and Company – Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Mickey Hart, John Mayer, Jeff Chimenti and Oteil Burbridge – on tour from coast to coast May 27 through July 1. Complete details and ticketing at deadandcompany.com. That’s Dead and Company, on tour from May 27 through July 1.

    The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. Dark Star Orchestra comes to The Cap to evoke the Grateful Dead’s spirit on May 19 and 20. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com

    Notes from the road

    April 16th, 2017

    The Acoustic webcasts all their shows and archives them, too! Here’s the complete performance of David Gans and Dead Show, recorded 4/14/17 at The Acoustic in Bridgeport CT.

    And here’s a nice story by Dan Poorman in the Syracuse Post-Standard, previewing this week’s three gigs with Pearly Baker’s Best: ‘Breathing new life’ into the Dead: Syracuse tribute act Pearly Baker’s Best backs David Gans on tour

    Grateful Dead Hour no. 1491

    April 16th, 2017

    Week of April 17, 2017

    Part 1 32:15
    Live Dead ’69 4/9/17 Skull & Roses Festival, Ventura CA
    DARK STAR->
    NEW SPEEDWAY BOOGIE->
    DARK STAR->
    GOOD MORNIN’ LITTLE SCHOOLGIRL

    Part 2 23:12
    Grateful Dead 3/16/92 Spectrum, Philadelphia
    RAMBLE ON ROSE
    LET IT GROW

    Live Dead ’69 is a new supergroup that’s already done a couple of tours and will be on the circuit this summer. This edition of the band included half of Ratdog – Mark Karan on guitar, Robin Sylvester on bass, and Jay Lane on drums. Also on board are former Grateful Dead keyboardist Tom Constanten and guitarist Slick Aguilar, who was part of the late Paul Kantner’s Starship lineup for many years.

    The Skull & Roses Festival was three-day event at the Ventura County Fairgrounds, where the Grateful Dead played many times in the 1980s. The tribe was gathering at this site in July 1986 when the news came down that Jerry Garcia was in a diabetic coma…

    Support for the Grateful Dead Hour comes this week from The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York. The Disco Biscuits return to The Cap on April 27, 28 and 29 to perform their signature trance-fusion. With the killer laser light show that they are known for, The Cap will be ready to blast off into outer-space. Events, information, and ticketing at thecapitoltheatre.com.